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Engaging me to emulate, but short
Of thy perfection how shall I attain,
Adam ? from whose dear side I boast me sprung,
And gladly of our union hear thee speak,
One heart, one soul in both; whereof good proof
This day affords, declaring thee resolv'd,
Rather than death'or aught than death more dread
Shall separate us, link'd in love so dear, 970
To undergo with me one guilt, one crime,
If any be, of tasting this fair fruit,
Whose virtue (for of good still good proceeds,
Direct, or by occasion) hath presented
This happy trial of thy love, which else
So eminently never had been known.
Were it I thought death menac'd would ensue
This my attempt, I would sustain alone
The worst, and not persuade thee, rather die
Deserted, than oblige thee with a fact

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Pernicious to thy peace, chiefly assur'd
Remarkably so late of thy so true,
So faithful love unequall'd; but I feel
Far otherwise th' event, not death, but life
Augmented, open'd eyes, new hopes, new joys,
Taste so divine, that what of sweet before
Hath touch'd niy sense, flat seems to this, and harsh.
On my experience, Adam ! freely taste,
And fear of death deliver to the winds.

So saying, she embrac'd him, and for joy 990 Tenderly wept, much won that he his love Had so ennobled, as of choice to' incur

Divine displeasure for her sake, or death.
In recompense (for such compliance bad
Such recompense best merits) from the bough
She

gave him of that fair enticing fruit
With lib'ral hand: he scrupled not to cat
Against his better knowledge, not deceiv’d,
But fondly overcome with female charm.
Earth trembled from her entrails, as again 1000
In pangs, and Nature gave a second groan,
Sky lour'd, and, muttering thunder, some sad drops
Wept at completing of the mortal sin
Original; while Adam took no thought,
Eating his fill, nor Eve to iterate
Her former trespass fear’d, the more to sooth
Him with her lov'd society, that now
As with new wine intoxicated both
They swim in mirth, and fancy that they feel
Divinity within them breeding wings, 1010
Wherewith to scorn the Earth: but that false fruit
Far other operation first display'd,
Carnal desire inflaming; he' on Eve
Bagan to cast lascivious eyes, she him
As wantonly repaid; in lust they burn:
Till Adam thus 'gan Eve to dalliance move :

Eve, now I see thou art exact of taste, And elegant, of sapience no small part, Since to each meaning savor we apply, And palate call judicious; I the praise 1020 Yield thee, so well this day thou hast purvey'd. Much pleasure we have lost, while we abstain'd

From this delightful fruit, nor known till now
True relish, tasting; if such pleasure be
In things to us forbidd'n, it might be wish'd,
For this one tree, had been forbidden ten.
But come, so well refresh'd, now let us play,
As meet is, after such delicious fare ;
For never did thy beauty since the day
I saw thee first and wedded thee, adorn'd 1030
With all perfections, so inflame my sense
With ardor to enjoy thee, fairer now
Than ever, bounty of this virtuous tree.

So said he, and forbore not glance or toy
Of amorous intent, well understood
Of Eve, whose eye darted contagious fire.
Her hand he seiz'd, and to a shady bank,
Thick overhead with verdant roof imbower'd,
He led her nothing loath ; flowers were the couch,
Pansies and violets, and asphodel,

1040 And, hyacinth, Earth's freshest softest lap. There they their fill of love and love's disport Took largely, of their mutual guilt the seal, The solace of their sin, till dewy sleep Oppress'd them, wearied with their amorous play. Soon as the force of that fallacious fruit, That with exhilarating vapor bland About their spi'rits had play'd, and inmost powers Made err, was now exhald; and grosser sleep Bred of unkindly fumes, with conscious dreams 1050 Incumber’d, now had left them; up they rose As from unrest, and each the other viewing,

Soon found their eyes how open'd, and their mind
How darken'd; Innocence, that as a veil
Had shadow'd them from knowing ill, was gone,
Just confidence, and native righteousness,
And honor from about them, naked left
To guilty shame, he cover'd, but his robe
Uncover'd more. So rose the Danite strong
Herculean Samson from the harlot lap 1060
Of Philistéan Dalilah, and wak'd
Shorn of his strength, they destitute and bare
Of all their virtue : silent, and in face
Confounded long they sat, as strucken mute,
Till Adam, though not less than Eve abash'd,
At length gave utt'rance to these words constrain'd:

O Eve, in evil hour thou didst give ear
To that false worm, of whomsoever taught
To counterfeit man's voice, true in our fall,
False in our promis'd rising ; since our eyes 1070
Open'd we find, indeed, and find we know
Both good and ev'il, good lost, and evil got,
Bad fruit of knowledge, if this be to know,
Which leaves us naked thus, of honor void,
Of innocence, of faith, of purity,
Our wonted ornaments now soild and stain'd,
And.in our faces evident the signs
Of foul concupiscence; whence the evil store ;
Eo'n shạme, the last of evils; of the first
Be sure then. How shall I behold the face 1080
Henceforth of God or Angel, erst with joy
And rapture so' ofi beheld ? those heav'nly shapes
Will dazzle now this earthly with their blaze
Insufferably bright. O might I here
In solitude live savage, in some glade
Obscur’d, where highest woods impenetrable
To star or sun-light, spread their umbrage broad
And brown as ev'ning: cover me, ye pines,
Ye cedars, with innumerable boughs
Hide me, where I may never see them more. 1090
But let us now, as in bad plight, devise
What best may for the present serve to hide
The parts of each from other, that seem most
To shame obnoxious, and unseemliest seen ;
Some tree,whose broad smooth leaves together sow'd,
And girded on our loins, may cover round
Those middle parts, that this new comer, Shame,
There sit not, and reproach us as unclean.

So counsel'd he, and both together went 1099
Into the thickest wood; there soon they chose
The fig-tree, not that kind for fruit renown'd,
But such as at this day to Indians known
In Malabar or Decan, spreads her arms
Branching so broad and long, that in the ground
The bended twigs take root, and daughters grow
About the mother tree, a pillar'd shade
High overarch'd, and echoing walks between:
There oft the Indian herdsman şhunning heat
Shelters in cool, and tends his pasturing herds
At loop-holes cut through thickest shade : those
leaves

1110 They gatherd, broad as Amazonian targe,

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